Sign up for our free newsletter

Free D.C. news, delivered to your inbox daily.

7

Friday

The very title of Addison/Ripley Fine Art’s “Barlow Curates” exhibition says two things about the District: 1) People haven’t forgotten about the “Options 2005” debacle in which D.C.-area art collector Philip Barlow was relieved of his curatorial duties by the Washington Project for the Arts/Corcoran, and 2) The visual art scene is tightly knit. Appropriately enough, “Barlow Curates” is loosely centered around artists whose works involve fabrics. Elizabeth Lundberg Morisette works in the vein of common-materials sculpture made prominent by artists such as Tara Donovan and Dan Steinhilber; she assembles beads, puzzle pieces, curtain hangers, and other bits of domestic flotsam and jetsam into woven sculptures that resemble quilts or misshapen koozies. Jabbing at the distinction between high art and craft, Karin Birch’s embroidered paintings of glass beads, acrylic, and linen recall Paul Klee. Kebedech Tekleab’s wall-based installations of fabrics, netting, and other textiles represent a compositional leap forward from her previous painterly style. “Barlow Curates” is on view from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday to Saturday, July 29, at Addison/Ripley Fine Art, 1670 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Free. (202) 338-5180. (Kriston Capps)